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Traditional Marriage System In Yoruba Culture, Nigeria

Traditional Marriage System In Yoruba Culture, Nigeria

Marriage is seen as an important culture among the Yoruba people. A woman who is single at a marriageable age is seen as a crownless woman. Husbands are seen as crowns and a single lady is seen as incomplete without her crown. Another reason why marriage is seen as an essential practice is because Nigerians love and cherish children. Mothers are fond of pestering their children (bachelors and spinsters) to get married so that they can see their grand-children before going to their graves.

Types of Kinship and Descent Systems; Its Advantages and Disadvantages

Importance of Kinship system

Kinship System is the biological relationship that determines who one's relatives are and one's relationship with them.  This system is an important part of man's life. Kinship system include people one is related with through descent or marriage. Descent system is one of the terms related to kinship system. Descent bind people of the same lineage together. There are many categories of descent system. They are the Unilineal, Bilateral, Ambilineal, Bilateral or double descent systems. The Unilineal descent system could either be Patrilineal or Matrilineal decent system.

The Influence of Colonial Rule on Nigeria’s Culture and Tradition

The colonial masters, majorly the Europeans invaded Nigeria in the 19th century. They introduced many things and displaced the culture and traditions of Nigeria. There was influx of culture and they dominated almost all areas of Nigerian’s lifestyle. There was change, development, modernization and all sorts of positive changes. Some barbaric traditions were thrown into pits, some were reviewed while some were replaced with new ones. Also, the coming of the Europeans also brought negative changes to the heritage of the country. Although some parts of the country were rigid and firm about their culture as they stood vehemently against change while some culture allowed total influence of the colonial masters.

The Importance of Museum

The Importance of Museum

Museum is from the latin word “Museion” and can be pluralized as Museums or A museum is a building where historical arts, artifacts, works, sculptures, objects of cultural or biological interests are stored, preserved, studied and shown to the public. Interesting and valuable objects that have historical stories and values are collected and kept in the museum.  They are educational and at the same time centers of amusement.

The Myth of ThunderBolt (Magun) in Nigerian Culture

The Myth of ThunderBolt (Magun) in Nigerian Culture

Thunder bolt means “magun” or “edun ara” in the Yoruba culture of Western region of Nigeria. It means “do not climb” in English Language or “iwo ko gbodo gun” in Yoruba Language. Thunderbolt can be traced to the god of Sango- the god of thunder and lightning. Despite the fact that it has its origin in the Yoruba culture, it is also used by people all over the country to curb promiscuity. Literally, it refers to the restriction of sexual intercourse. Thunder bolt is a love and a killer charm that is placed on a woman by her lover, husband, family members or in-laws.

Communication System In Ancient Yoruba Culture

Communication System In Ancient Yoruba Culture

The indigenous people of the Yoruba land communicate and pass on message from one person to another or from one village to another through the use of AROKO.  This system is symbolic and coded where objects (animate or inanimate) are packed together and used to pass on the message or to communicate.  Three body systems are important when sending aroko. They are the sender, the materials and the receiver. These objects (aroko) must be able to be understood and interpreted by the receiver. People use it when discussing secretive or important issues. Aroko can be sent through a messenger, an animal or a friend.

Traditional Marriage in Fulani Kingdom

Traditional Marriage in Fulani Kingdom

The Fulani people are found in West Africa with high population in Nigeria, Chad, Niger. They speak Hausa, French, English and Fulfulde or Fula language. The Fulani people are Muslims and they follow Islamic laws like the Hausa’s. Cattle are an important factor to them and they are used for every ceremony rites, including marriage rites. There are names,traditions and taboos concerning cattle and the number of cattle owned is a sign of wealth. They fight to preserve their cattle and the major conflict that arises are linked with their cattle. The men are nomadic and pastoral herdsmen as they move amount with their cattle. They are known to be brave, courageous and hard-working.

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